Installing a stair chair lift in your home can be a smart investment if you have elderly members with mobility challenges. The device will help them move safely from one floor to another without having to climb the stairs. However, as with any mechanical device, using a stair lift can cause injury if it is poorly handled. Several safety precautions need to taken when using the device. Here are some general guidelines for prolonged and safe use of stairlifts:
Before Using the Stair lift
- Make sure not to use the stair lift while the stairway is being used by other people.
- Ensure that the stairway is clear of any obstructions before use. If there are any obstructions like pets sitting on the staircase, get out them of the way before you operate the device.
- Fasten the seat belt before starting your travel. Not fastening the safety belt is one of the main causes of stair lift accidents.
- Sit back in the seat with arms on the arm rests and feet well back on the footrest.
- Make sure that clothing or other loose items are kept clear of the lift mechanism before use. For instance, items such as scarfs, blankets or other items could become trapped and cause injury.
- Basically, stair lift systems are designed to carry one single person. Never ever attempt to carry more than one person (including children) on the device.
- Read through the user’s manual carefully and check for the maximum loading capacity. Do not exceed the maximum weight limit that the stair lift model prescribes.
- Do not allow liquids to come in contact with the lift components.
- Be extra cautious when getting on or off the stair lift at top of the stairs, as this poses the greatest fall risk.
- Never use the lift to transport heavy/bulky items up the stairs as these items can fall off the device and cause damage or injury.
General Safety Tips
- Keep your stair lift fully charged. When you step out of the lift, ensure that it is at the end of the track, either at the top or bottom, so that it is kept charged and ready to use. Also change the batteries in the remote.
- Make sure that the device is parked in the correct position on the track to enable charging.
- Do not unplug the lift when it is not in use. As the machine uses up very little energy, unplugging it can damage the battery pack.
- Do not allow children to play with or on the mobility device.
- Always cover the seats of your outdoor stair lift to protect it from bad or inclement weather conditions.
- To reduce risk of tampering by children, remove the immobilizer key when the device is not in use.
- Never attempt to use the mobility equipment if any of its safety features are not working or if you notice any signs of wear and tear.
If you have any specific questions relating to the basic care of mobility unit, refer to your manufacturer manual or consult the company from which you have purchased the accessibility device. Guidance from a technically qualified person is the best way to ensure the longevity of your device.
Purchasing the device from an established dealer is important. If you happen to live in New York or New Jersey, finding a reliable dealer in stair chair lifts would not be a big deal. Established and licensed dealers in accessibility equipment provide free site inspection, fast installation and dedicated maintenance services by technically qualified personnel.